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Manafort Goes to the Mattresses

Things look grimmer by the day for Paul Manafort. Thanks to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, President Trump’s former campaign manager has been charged with a wide array of crimes related to his years of work as a consultant for pro-Russian political factions in Ukraine. Prosecutors allege that Manafort was paid millions for this work and then conspired to hide those profits from U.S. authorities by laundering them through “scores of United States and foreign corporations, partnerships, and bank accounts.”
But with his back against the wall, Manafort, 69, has shown no inclination to give up the fight. The focus of his attacks is Mueller’s far-flung probe into the Trump campaign and Russian election meddling, calling into question not only the charges brought against him but also the special counsel’s authority to bring them at all. It’s a tenuous legal argument, but Manafort may not need to convince a judge. His reasoning might just be enough to convince Presid…
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